Okay, I'll bite on this one since I posted the question in the first place. I have to say that I do think the liners have packed out a bit as these boots are kinda thick in the ankle. Still, I won't argue with what you said and say that there are some balance issues I want to work on.
Despite that I'm buying new boots anyway but I really want to ask a follow up question on what you asked.
There are days when I fill like I'm pretty darn in balance and my boots feel not bad at all. There are also days like my boots are totally f#$%ed. It seems like I'm coming out of them. It may be something like you point out. Having not skied in over sixth months, this is all from memory. What baffles me is why this changes. It it is indeed balance in relationship to the lean and ramp of the boot, why is it good some days and bad others. What could radically put me in or out of balance from day to day? Conditions? Strength? Flexibility? Attitude? Mojo?
Originally Posted by BOOTech,Inc.
Couldn't resist this one! The Salomon x-wave's have 16 degrees of forward lean without the spoiler a bit more with. Ramp angle is around 5 degrees (it varies slightly with boot size). These numbers are fairly typical of most boots today. Forward angles range from 12 to 18 degrees, zeppa angles from 4 to 8 degrees.
As soon as someone tells me they want a boot with more forward lean and a tighter heel pocket, I immediately suspect someone who is already overlevered by the position of their boots.
Increasing forward lean of a boot does not move you forward it creates more bends in the body, primarily at the waist.
Most cases involving "loose heels' are really fore/aft balance issues. The net angle of the boot exceeds the amount of ankle flexion available and the heel has to come up.
While it is impossible to determine stance on-line i would suggest that perhaps less forward lean or delta ramp (binding) would be indicated.